We have a very busy last month of the school year!
Please look carefully over the June calendar posted on this site and keep it in a convenient location.  A hard copy will be sent home with your child thisweek.

Note half days coming up for middle school students only:
Tuesday, June 3

Monday, June 9

and
No school for middle and high school student Thursday, June 5.

Don’t forget that this coming Wednesday, June 4, from 6 – 7:30, is our fabulous Student-Led Philosophy Roundtable, 6 – 7:30 p.m., location to be posted by the ground-floor elevator or announced via email prior to the event.

Also coming up:
-Last First Fridays Bakes & Bites Sale of the school year: Friday, June 6
-Last PTA meeting of the school year, with PTA & SLT elections: Tues., June 10.

Happy June!!!

Please congratulate the 9th graders mentioned below for winning the math competition for students in grades 9 – 12  at the Super Saturday Stem Expo May 17, and their coach Dmitriy Faybyshenko:

Niyati Gandhi, first place.

Annie Polish, second place.

Kelly Clevenson, fourth place.
We’re proud of you!

 

Dear CSS,

 

International week is now in full swing!

 
Today, tomorrow and Thursday, CSS parents, students, and teachers, along with a speaker from Columbia University’s Center for African Education, are visiting classes to present about their culture, country or region. Parent speakers discussing Brazil, Congo, England, German Jews, India, Japan, the Philippines, St. Lucia, Scotland, Sweden, Tanzania, and Trinidad & Tobago. The countries being presented by students include Bangladesh, Guyana, Mali, Nigeria, Russia, Senegal and South Africa. Professors Joo and Thakkar are teaching about India and South Korea.

Friday, May 23, staff and faculty will be treated to a brunch featuring food typical of China, France, Gambia, Hungary, the Philippines and Ukraine, among other countries. Parents are invited to contribute a dish that is typical of their native country/culture by sending it with their child to the OSS the morning of Friday, May 23. morning.

Thank you so much to the parents, students, staff and guests who are presenting, and to teachers who are welcoming them into their classrooms!
SATURDAY, MAY 17

SUPER STEM SATURDAY STEM EXPO, 11 am – 3 pm
Harlem Armory, 40 West 143rd Street (between Lenox & 5th Ave.)
Join CSS administrators, teachers and students at this event designed for youth and families, featuring STEM demonstrations, hands-on activities and exhibits led by organizations and  students. The goal is to create a high-quality experience for families. From solar power to the science of nutrition, to educational video games, children and adults will participate in a wide array of activities showcasing the diversity of the STEM fields and their infinite applications to the real world.


SUNDAY, MAY 18


NY AIDS WALK
, 8:30 a.m. – around 12:30 p.m.
The NY AIDS Walk is a great community service opportunity and you can fun walking with friends and the CSS community to raise money to fight AIDS. 

It’s not too late to join the Student Government sponsored CSS AIDS WalkTeam! To register, please follow the link below and be sure to choose the team “Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science & Engineering” (TEAM NUMBER 3916). Roxana Bosch will be the on-site CSS team contact.

CELEBRATION OF THE INAUGURAL ISSUE OF CSS’S PHILOSOPHY JOURNAL CONTRARIWISE, 3-5 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. at 165th Street in Washington Heights
There will be readings, signings, refreshments, and more. All are welcome–bring your family and friends! For more information, see the CONTRARIWISE website (http://www.contrariwisejournal.com) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/contrariwisejournal).


Students, staff and parents have been working together to create exciting culture-rich events for our first International Week coming up May 19 – 23.
On Monday, College Guidance Counselor Kristen Harris and Dr. Monique Scott, renowned Anthropologist at American Museum of Natural History, will facilitate a forum with CSS high school students addressing the question:  Why is it that in today’s global community, we find lighter skin more attractive and equitable with heightened success, beauty and overall better living status. Students only. Sign up with Prof. Harris.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, CSS parents, students, and teachers, along with a speaker from Columbia University’s Center for African Education, will be visiting classes to present about their culture, country or region. Every CSS student will be exposed to and learn about a place with which s/he had previously been unfamiliar. Parent speakers will be discussing Brazil, Congo, England, German Jews, India, Iran, Japan, the Philippines, St. Lucia, Scotland, Sweden, Tanzania, and Trinidad & Tobago. The countries presented by students include Bangladesh, Guyana, Mali, Nigeria, Russia, Senegal and South Africa. Professors Joo and Thakkar will teach about India and South Korea. If parents are interested in attending one of the presentations, they should contact parent coordinator Andi Velasquez (andivelasquez@columbiasecondary.org) and she will check to see if space permits it. 

Friday, May 23, is the day International Week Committee members will treat the faculty to a brunch featuring food typical of France, Gambia, Hungary, the Philippines and Ukraine, among other countries. Parents are invited to contribute a dish that is typical of their native country/culture with their child to the OSS Friday morning.

Thank you so much to the parents, students, staff and guests who will be presenting, and to teachers who will be welcoming them into their classrooms!

 

From the PTA…                                                     De la Asociación de Padres …(abajo)

 

 

MAY PTA BAKES & BITES — This Friday, May 9, lunch periods, 4th Fl.

Please bring baked goods, snacks, lunch items and drinks to the OSS (Room 503) before 10:30 am Friday. We need enough to last through all lunch periods. And please make sure your child brings money to participate.

 

 

PTA & SLT NOMINATIONS

Now is the time to nominate people, including yourself, to serve on the PTA and SLT for the next school year, starting in September. We need one PTA co-president, additional vice presidents, an additional co-treasurer, and a secretary. For the SLT, we need three new members, preferably representing the classes of 2020, 2018, 2016 and/or 2015. Nominees will be announced at the May 13 PTA meeting and elections will be held at the June 10 meeting. To nominate someone, please contact one of the nominating committee members: Diane Hunte (hunte5@optonline.net); Suzanne Ventura (suzannev@nyc.rr.com).

 

 

MAY PTA MEETING — Tuesday, May 13, 6–7:30 p.m., Library

This month’s topic: Understanding your child’s high school transcript.

CSS high school guidance counselor Elsa Cordoba will discuss how parents of students in grades 8-12 can better understand their children’s transcripts. A transcript is the record of a student’s classes, exams and credits. It determines whether or not he/she graduates. This is a great opportunity to learn how to read these key documents for our children. The regular PTA meeting, including nominations, upcoming events and budget items, will begin at 6:45 pm.

 

 

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VENTA DE BIZCOCHOS DE MAYO:Viernes, 9 de mayo,periodos de almuerzo. Traigan sus contribuciones en el salón 503. Asegúrense que su hijo/a traiga dinero.

 

 

NOMINACIONES PARA LA ASOCIACION DE PADRES (PTA) Y EL EQUIPO DE LIDERAZGO ESCOLAR (SLT):¡Ahora!

La PTA busca personas para servir en la PTA y el SLT para el próximo año escolar. Para la PTA, se necesita otro co-presidente, vicepresidentes adicionales, otro tesorero, y un secretario. Para el SLT, necesitamos 3 nuevos miembros, preferiblemente padres con un hijo/a en la clase de 2020, 2018, 2016 y / o 2015. Los nominados serán anunciados en la reunión del PTA el 13 de mayo, y las elecciones se llevarán a cabo en la reunión del 10 de junio. Para nominar a alguien, incluyéndose a usted mismo, venga a la reunión el 13.

 

 

REUNION DE LA PTA DE MAYO: Martes, 13 de mayo, 6 p.m. biblioteca

TEMA: ENTENDIENDO EL REPORTE DE LAS NOTAS (TRANSCRIPT) DE COLEGIO DE SU HIJO/A

Con la invitada especial Elsa Córdoba, consejera. Para padres de estudiantes en los grados 8 – 12.

El “transcript” es el récord escolar oficial de su hijo/a. Alista todas sus clases, exámenes y créditos, y determina si el alumno puede graduar. Aprenda cómo leerlo, lo que está en él, y hacer preguntas al respecto.

La reunión normal de la PTA, que incluirá las nominaciones, próximos eventos y decisiones sobre el presupuesto, comienza a las 6:45 p.m.

You are invited to a robotics presentation this coming
Saturday, May 3, between 1 – 3 p.m. in the West Gym at CSS.

Below is a description from Dan Novak:

We are lucky to have a delegation of high school students from Japan presenting their award-winning robots at our school this upcoming Saturday.  In addition to a real time demonstration, these individuals will answer questions and talk with interested individuals about all topics robotic.  Members of our very own First Robotics team will be on hand to swap stories and expertise, and to give further insight into how to get involved and create robotic excellence.

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Welcome Back!

 

Please join us at the CSS SPRING SOCIAL SATURDAY

for Parents, Teachers and Staff, Saturday, April 26, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Washington Heights Tavern (3910 Broadway at 164th Street). Celebrate spring with great conversation, appetizers and discounted drinks. $15 per person, $25 per couple, proceeds will benefit the CSS PTA = our kids!!

 

 

State Math Tests for students in grades 6 and 7

Wednesday April 30, Thursday May 1, Friday May 2. No small group for 6th & 7th graders on these days.Students should get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive on time.

 

 

Robotics Expo with Visiting Japanese Engineers, Saturday, May 3, 1-3 p.m., West Gym

 

 

The Bakes & Bites Sale will take place Friday, May 9

instead of Friday, May 2, so as not to disturb test-takers.

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¡Bienvenidos de nuevo!

                                   

Por favor ¡únanse con nosotros en el SABADO SOCIAL DE CSS!

Para padres, maestros y personal, Sábado, 26 de abril, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Washington Heights Tavern (3910 Broadway en la calle 164) ¡Celebremos la primavera! Comida ligera y bebidas a precios con gran descuento. $15 por persona, $25 por pareja; ¡las ganancias beneficiarán a la PTA = nuestros hijos!

 

 

Exámenes estatales de las matemáticos para estudiantes en los grados 6 & 7

Miércoles, 30 de abril, jueves 1 de mayo, viernes, 2 de mayo. No hay grupos pequeños para niños en grados 6 & 7 esos días.Los niños deben estar descansados, desayunar bien, y llegar a tiempo.

 

 

Expo de robóticos con ingenieros japoneses visitantes, sábado, 3 de Mayo, 1-3 p.m.,

West Gym

 

 

La venta de bizcochos de la PTA tomará lugar el viernes, 9 de mayo en vez del 2 de mayo para no interferir a los estudiantes tomando exámenes.

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Friday, April 11

No Electives – 3:10 p.m. dismissal

 

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT SURVEY ARE DUE

If you haven’t already, please fill out this year’s DOE school survey, which came in the green envelope you got from your child, at a parent gathering or conferences, or in the OSS. You can fill it out on paper and drop it in the mailbox or complete it online at www.nycschoolsurvey.org (you will need your access code, found in the lower right-hand corner of your paper survey. If you have misplaced your survey, you can call (800) 690-8603 for the access code. THANK YOU!

 

SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK FROM MONDAY, APRIL 14,

THROUGH TUESDAY, APRIL 22, AND WILL REOPEN ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23.

Saturday, April 26

CSS Spring Social for Parents, Teachers and Staff, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Washington Heights Tavern. Celebrate spring! $15 per person, $25 per couple, proceeds will benefit the CSS PTA = our kids!! Info: PTAFundraisingChair@columbiasecondary.org

 

April 30, May 1, May 2

State math tests for students in 6th and 7th grades only.

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Viernes, 11 de abril

No hay electivas – salida a las 3:10 p.m.

 

FECHA LÍMITE PARA SU ENCUESTA SOBRE EL AMBIENTE ESCOLAR

Si aun no lo ha hecho, por favor llene la encuesta escolar del Dpto. de Educación (DOE), que fue distribuida en el sobre verde que recibiste de su hijo, en una reunión de padres o las conferencias, o recogiendo a su hijo. Se la puede llenar en papel y enviarla por correo o contestar en la red: www.nycschoolsurvey.org (usando su código de acceso, ubicado en la esquina de su encuesta). Si no puede encontrar su encuesta, llame al (800) 690-8603 para obtener el código de acceso.

 

LA ESCUELA ESTA CERRADA POR VACACIONES A PARTIR DEL LUNES, 14 DE ABRIL,

AL MARTES, ABRIL 22, Y ABRIRA DE NUEVO EL MIERCOLES, 23 DE ABRIL

 

Sábado, 26 de abril

Sábado social de CSS para padres, maestros y personal, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Washington Heights Tavern. ¡Celebremos juntos la primavera! $15 por persona/$25 pareja; fondos van a la asociación de padres = nuestros estudiantes. Info: PTAFundraisingChair@columbiasecondary.org

 

30 de abril, 1 & 2 de mayo

Exámenes estatales solo para estudiantes en los grados 6to y 7mo

PARENTS:  PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT SURVEY

The deadline is Friday, April 11

 

If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to fill out this year’s DOE school survey, which was enclosed in a green envelope you received from your child, at a parent gathering or conferences, or in the OSS. The survey deadline is TOMORROW, Friday, April 11. The survey gives us important feedback and participation rate is one way the DOE evaluates us. You can fill out the survey on paper and drop it in the mailbox or complete it online at www.nyschoolsurvey.org (you will need your access code, found in the lower right-hand corner of your paper survey. If you have misplaced your survey, you can call (800) 690-8603 for the access code.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!!!

 

 

PADRES: POR FAVOR LLENE SU ENCUESTA SOBRE EL AMBIENTE ESCOLAR

La fecha límite es mañana, viernes, 11 de abril

 

Si aun no lo ha hecho, por favor tome algunos minutos para llenar la encuesta escolar del Departamento de Educación (DOE), que fue distribuida en el sobre verde que recibiste de su hijo, en una reunión de padres o las conferencias, o en el OSS. El porcentaje de padres que las completan es una manera que el DOE nos evalúa.  Se la puede llenar en papel y enviarla por correo, mandarla al salón 503 con su hijo, o contestar en la red: www.nyschoolsurvey.org (usando su código de acceso, que se encuentra en la esquina de su encuesta en papel). Si no puede encontrar su encuesta, puede llamar al (800) 690-8603 para obtener el código de acceso.

 

¡Gracias por su participación!